HOOKED ON LEUER – Bucks rookie Jon Leuer made his first NBA start on 1/12 in a 102-93 victory over the
Pistons, shooting 66.7% from the field (6-9) and 100% from the free throw line (3-3) to finish with 15 points and
six rebounds. Since 1989-90, the first season the NBA went to a two-round draft format, only five Bucks secondround
picks have started their rookie years.
RELYING ON JACKSON – In the last two games, Stephen Jackson shot 21-34 from the field, went 6-11 from the
three-point line and was 11-11 for free throws. With 59 points to go along with 14 assists, this is his best stretch in
a Bucks uniform so far. This season, Jackson is one of the most reliable veterans in the NBA. Among players age
33 or older, he ranks third in minutes played (33.7) behind Kobe Bryant and Ray Allen (36.8 and 34.6,
respectively), sixth in points per game (16.0) and is tied with Chauncey Billups for seventh in assists (3.7).
QUARTERLY REPORT – In the first eight games of the season, Milwaukee came out of the gate strong, outscoring opponents by an average of 6.4 points in the
first half, but the faded in the second half, trailing by an average of 8.8 points. In the last two victories against San Antonio and Detroit, however, the Bucks
have been able to maintain their momentum throughout all four quarters, leading the Spurs by three (47-44) in the second half and tying the Pistons (50).
- With Milwaukee's 102-93 victory over Detroit on Thursday night, head coach Scott Skiles became the 39th
coach in NBA history to hit the 400-win mark. He earned his 300th win on the same date three years ago
(1/12/09) as Milwaukee beat Washington 97-91. His 100th victory as a head coach came against the Bucks,
104-84, when he was with the Suns.
- Both the Bucks (17-17) and Pistons (24-24) were perfect from the free throw line on Thursday, marking only
the second time in the shot clock era that both teams have shot 1.000 from the charity stripe. On 12/22/00,
both the Hawks (11-11) and Raptors (5-5) made all of their free throw attempts.
- Milwaukee has either been leading or tied at halftime in eight of ten games this season and has scored 30 or
more points in the first quarter of five games.
- The Bucks are still looking for their first win on the road after remaining undefeated at the Bradley Center
through four home games. The Mavericks, who started their season 0-2 at home, have not lost a game at the
American Airlines Center since Dec. 26.